Cape Flattery Trail

As you near Neah Bay, look for tufted puffin nesting on the sea stacks from spring to early summer, and common murres perched on Tatoosh Island. Look in the water for bobbing sooty shearwaters. During the spring thousands of migrating hawks, including red-tail and sharp-shinned hawks, kettle over Cape Flattery before flying across the Strait to Vancouver Island. Occasionally, large flocks of 200 to 300 sandhill cranes entertain lucky observers with their graceful formations and mysterious trilling.

To the west of Neah Bay at the very northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula lies Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous United States. Located on the Makah Indian Reservation, a cedar plank boardwalk takes you on a moderate hike to viewpoints overlooking both the Pacific Ocean and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Directly west you will see Tatoosh Island, a former Makah fishing and whaling camp and see the historic Cape Flattery Lighthouse and a sacred place for the Makah. Walk along the 3/4 mile of groomed earthen trail, cedar boardwalk and cross bridges that span across the wetlands. The 20 to 30 minute hike is well workth the breath-taking views. Other sights include sea caves and abundant sea life. Eagles, cormorants, sea otters, octopi and falcons all find a home in this complex ecosystem. In summer, there are Makah interpreters on the trail to share the historic and cultural significance of the area as well as traditional uses of the native plants. There is no fee to hike the trail, but you need to purchase a Recreation Permit when you enter the Reservation.

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Cape FlatteryNeah Bay, WA, 98357
United States
48° 21' 57.4344" N, 124° 36' 41.7744" W
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Cape FlatteryNeah Bay, WA, 98357